Swindon Croquet Club’s Handicap team ended the season with an impressive 12.5-7.5 home victory over Worcester Norton Croquet Club.
The first round of games was shared then Swindon played solidly, including crucially winning all 4 doubles games, to pull ahead over the second and third rounds to lead 8-6 at the lunch break.
With the sun shining brightly and a pleasant breeze, the lawns became lightning fast during the afternoon session. Many games were fiercely contested but Swindon held firm and gradually increased their advantage, preventing the Worcester team from staging a comeback. The close scores in many of the games evidenced the accuracy of the players’ handicaps.
Swindon’s Clive Smith and Martin Briggs were players of the match, both winning all 4 of their games. They were strongly supported by the rest of the team with every player contributing well to the overall 12.5-7.5 victory scoreline.
Team Captain Clive Smith said: “It’s great to finish the season with a deserved victory. The team, throughout 2023, has competed well against some very strong sides and, along with some new players, the prospects for next year look very exciting."
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